Counter FIRs serve only to intimidate, spread fear among Dalits: Social Awareness Society

According to the SASY assesment, 63 houses were damaged, 14 persons injured, 10 bikes were damaged and one bike set on fire. The team has shared its report with district authorities and the police.

Published: 28th April 2019 01:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th April 2019 05:14 AM   |  A+A-

Caste violence, dalit

Representational Image. (File | EPS)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Immediate steps should be taken to quash the ‘counter’ FIRs filed against 25 Dalits in the aftermath of the Ponparappi violence in Ariyalur district, a preliminary fact-finding report by the Social Awareness Society for Youths (SASY) — a Dalit advocacy group based out of Tamil Nadu — has demanded. The ‘counter’ FIRs would only serve to further intimidate them. 

“Despite mass atrocities being committed against Dalits, systemic violence continues through the form of counter FIRs. The content is clearly of concern as it indicates these are just counter-FIRs,” said Pandiyan, executive director, SASY. “The families continue to live in fear and should be rehabilitated.” On polling day on April 18, Dalit houses were attacked and violent clashes reported from Ponparappi in Chidambaram constituency. 

As a part of monitoring atrocities against Dalits during polling, the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ), a coalition of Dalit organisations, along with other advocacy groups had deployed 75 ‘human rights defenders’ across the country to keep a vigil on areas prone to violence. In TN, it had also monitored Villupuram, Cuddalore, Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore and Nilgiris.  

“There was a need to deploy more cops as it was identified as a sensitive booth in Chidambaram constituency. Adequate police personnel would have helped evade such incidents,” said Pandiyan. According to the SASY assesment, 63 houses were damaged, 14 persons injured, 10 bikes were damaged and one bike set on fire. The team has shared its report with district authorities and the police.

Meanwhile, the NDMJ has urged the Election Commission of India to conduct a high-level inquiry into the matter for the violation of Dalit rights by the dominant caste community and conduct a repolling of the concerned booth to protect the voting rights of the scheduled caste community in the area.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp